People talk about grail watches and it’s always a classic Rolex, Patek, AP, Omega or Breitling. But which of today’s models will attain grail status? Hard to say but this Mustang inspired Breitling Super AVI has to be on the shortlist.
Stunning gold case, destined to be rare due to the £19,200 price tag and it has classic aviator styling too, which is kinda timeless. Compared to say a Navitimer, that dial is understated, not too busy. Yes, it’s a typically big Breitling, it won’t suit everyone, but still you can’t deny the collector/investor appeal on this one.
Here’s the word from Breitling;
The Super AVI P-51 Mustang honours one of those flying legends. When the aircraft was built in a mere 120 days, even its developer North American Aviation, didn’t anticipate what a powerhouse it had on its hands.
The P-51’s low-drag wings and engine-cooling system—considered experimental when the single-seat fighter first took off in 1940—gave it unprecedented speed and range. The addition of a RR Merlin engine, expanded the plane’s performance to high altitudes, making it the best all-purpose fighter of its time.
As a true pilot’s watch designed to withstand the rigors of a vintage cockpit, the Super AVI P-51 Mustang features large, highly legible Arabic numerals on the dial and bezel. Its sturdy case measures 46mm and the oversized crown sits at 3 o’clock.
Knurled bezels provide optimal grip and top-stitched calfskin straps give a nod to the seams found on classic flight gear. Pilots and other travellers will appreciate the ability to track a second time zone using the 24-hour marking on the inner bezel and the red-tipped GMT hand.
The engine of the Super AVI is the COSC-certified Breitling Manufacture Caliber B04 movement, which provides approximately 70-hours of power reserve.